Netwerk To Networth Recap

It is just something about being in a room full of like-minded girl bosses that just motivates you to level up. This past weekend, I attended the Philly stop to the Netwerk to Networth tour.

This is the first year for this tour that is helping women connect on an authentic level and learn from each other. Netwerk to Networth was created by Personally Rachel Group and PR Girl Manifesto (which I later found out that this was two black girl bosses #blackgirlmagic).

The first day of the tour started with a happy hour. It was held at Marsh and Mane which is a Black Owned natural beauty supply store and lifestyle boutique. I was excited to be able to visit this store and even chatted with the owner for a bit. She started this business after being let go from her 9 to 5 and it seemed to work out.

I loved the atmosphere of the happy hour. It was intimate and relaxed. We had some drinks, light refreshments and even got to shop in the store! I was excited for the next day!

The next day started off with some mingling, breakfast and pictures ( I absolutely loved the selfie wall). I was excited to network with some amazing women and learn from them. I was happy that I came to the event with some of my friends because I usually go to these events by myself.

The event started off with the founders giving an introduction and thanking all of us for attending. They handed it off to the moderators who guided us through the day.

The first speaker is one the reasons why I purchased a ticket lol. Melissa Alam, creator of The Fearless Con (which I have attended and blogged about before) told us how to secure the sponsorship bag.

She gave us a lot of tips on how to be organized when pitching to companies, what your pitch deck should contain and how important it is to follow up. Your pitch or sponsorship deck (which you can make through Canva) should contain the following :

  • Cover Page
  • Your Story and Event Info
  • Audience Demographics
  • Package and Rates
  • Sponsorship Benefits
  • Contact Info

Next speaker had everyone in the room all in their feelings. We all had to stand up and find someone in the room you didn’t know and pair up with them. We had to make eye contact and repeat the affirmation to each other. I’ll admit I got a little emotional and vulnerable. Everyone felt closer and just all full of good vibes.

Delilah Dee, founder of Delilah & Company LLC and recent Philly Promotions Director of iHeart Radio reminded us about Community over Competition.

She reminded us that as women, we need to be more supportive of each other, be the cheerleader for your people and don’t withhold information that can help someone else. She stressed the importance of having people in your tribe that benefit you, support you and your aspirations and just there in your corner.

Next up was Kate Marlys of Philly PR Girl who told her story of accidental entrepreneurship.

Kate just started a PR blog and  throwing her own networking events and just followed the path that lead her to Philly PR Girl. I love how transparent Kate was about her journey and about starting a business. She stressed the importance of investing in yourself, never stop learning and everyone should have a LinkedIn profile.

The last speaker was Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media who taught us about being a fan of your brand and how non verbal communication plays a big part in business.

Rakia dropped a lot of knowledge on her experience starting her business and how to be truthful and authentic. She gave us tips on defining your brand, what its purpose is and some interesting facts about certain colors to wear like yellow and blue. She also stated that everyone should have a friendtor, which is like a mentor but gives you the real, real.

After all the speakers we had some lunch, drinks and did some more networking. I made sure to get around to as many people as I could and it just felt so easy talking to everyone.

All the speakers sat down for a panel of q&a. We talked about self care, when sliding in the DM is the last resort when trying to contact someone and proper etiquette if you have to send someone a DM and so much more useful information. I took in everything that was said and will be applying it.

We had a little bit of a happy hour after the event with a DJ and more drinks. It was another opportunity to network and talk with other women in attendance.

Overall, Netwerk To Networth was amazing. I enjoyed everything, met some dope, creative women, caught up with some friends and just had a great time. The tour is still going on and I highly recommend that you attend a stop if it is near you. You can check out the site here https://www.netwerktonetworth.com/home

Black Owned Business Feature: The Precious Home

I can’t believe it is February already! I am so ready for the nice weather to get here, we had a little preview this week but Winter will be back soon lol. Today’s Black Owned Business Feature is a pretty new company and a recommendation from Ivy’s Tea Co(I talk about this company a lot if you haven’t noticed lol). If you guys know me, I love candles and I knew I had to support The Precious Home.

The Precious Home was created by Dacia Page in 2018. The vision for this brand was to create candles to help you enjoy the space you are in. I just love that their philosophy is a this bible verse from Proverbs which fits the company so perfectly: A HOUSE IS BUILT BY WISDOM AND BECOMES STRONG THROUGH GOOD SENSE. THROUGH KNOWLEDGE ITS ROOMS ARE FILLED WILL ALL SORTS OF PRECIOUS RICHES AND VALUABLES(Proverbs 24:3-4) The Precious Home is not just about the candles but is also an Interior Design company and offers E-Designs as well.

What is so unique about The Precious Home’s candles is that they are made with 100% Soy wax and free of dyes. I didn’t realize that some candles contain a lot of harmful ingredients and soy wax is a safer alternative to use for candles. It is also eco friendly and from American grown soy beans. I noticed the difference whenever I burn these candles verses other ones I own. The ones made with soy wax burn so evenly and do not burn the sides of the container.

Whenever I burn one of these candles, it does make home feel better and cozy. I just loves these candles and their unique scents.

They also just launched a massage candle just in time for Valentine’s Day or any relaxing day. I can’t wait to try mine soon!

I highly recommend everything from The Precious Home. You can check them out here: https://www.theprecioushome.com 

Please support this Black Owned Business and I will see you guys tomorrow!

BlogHer Day 1 Vlog

Hopefully you guys aren’t tired of hearing about BlogHer yet lol. I have my Day 1 vlog up now so you can visually see the experience and Day 2 will be up tomorrow!

Enjoy and leave a comment if you attended or plan on attending! See you guys tomorrow!

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~** Drea Notes**~

My sone turned 7 yesterday. I can get over how big he is getting and how fast he is growing. It seems like I just had him lol!

I have been enjoying my vacation this week. It is always good to take time off and spend time with family and relax.

BlogHer Day 2

Today’s post should not be as long as yesterday’s since you get the point now lol. If you missed my recap of Day 1, you can check it out RIGHT HERE!!

I still had to be up pretty early to get there early so I could get a good seat in the main area. Luckily I found some of my fellow bloggers that already had a good table saved for the day. It started out like the first day and got right into the sessions.

It first started off with the finalist of The Pitch. There were four finalist that gave their elevator pitch to all of us and judges for a chance to win advertising and dinner with some influential women in the industry. After you heard everyone’s pitch, it was up to us to vote on Twitter. We heard from Denise Woodard who created Partake Foods(cookies created for children with the most common food allergies), Brittany Finkle who created Happily Ever Borrowed(a site for brides to find and borrow wedding accessories without breaking the bank), Sarah Neill of Hot Hot Cold(an app to help you find your friends at concerts when you get separated) and Lia Winograd of Pepper(a company that makes bras that actually fit for women with smaller cup sizes). I loved everyone’s innovative ideas and Partake Foods was the winner!

 

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I feel like Day 2 was geared more towards the blogger/influencer side of the business which I was waiting for. We heard from some amazing women that have been in the blogging business for a while. We heard from Courtney Quinn of Color Me Courtney, Mary Orton of Trove, Megan Batoon, Dayna Bolden and so many other amazing women. We even heard from one of the co founders of Pinterest, Evan Sharp. It was so interesting to hear how Pinterest started, how we can best use it and all the exciting things that are coming soon.

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Another panel that stood out to me was the Work/Life blend. They were all working women in relationships, mothers and wives who helped us to realize that we cannot do it all and it is okay. I often beat myself up if I can’t get everything done in one day or I missed dinner with my family because I had to work late or can never seem to get it together some days. They reassures me that it was okay. One quote that stood out for me was “You can have it all but just not all at the same time”.

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 Angie Thomas who wrote The Hate U Give had an inspiration session at BlogHer. Her book has been produced into a movie that will come out in theaters in October . She was just so real and the story of how she got started was just inspiring. I haven’t read the book yet but I can’t wait to see the movie. She inspired everyone to follow their dreams and love this quote that she said “Freedom of speech is not free when you are young and black in America”.

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I took so much away from hearing all the advice, tips and tricks from everyone. I really appreciate them giving us these tools to be successful. I started to realize that I didn’t know as much about blogging and You Tube as I thought I did. I dove into this industry by myself and taught myself as I went along. There are so many things I did not know about blogging like what my aesthetic is, what apps to edit pictures with so they look better, what SEO(Search Engine Optimization) is and how it plays into my blog and so on. I felt like I’ve been doing a lot wrong for so long and hoping I can take everything I learned and apply it moving forward. My mind was just blown with everything I was learning and hearing from everyone.

The overall message I took away from BlogHer is to be authentic. Everyone that I heard speak just inspired us to be ourselves, empowering us to stand strong and support each other more. I had such an amazing time and I would absolutely attend again! If you get the chance to attend BlogHer, please do. There is something there for everyone and you will walk away feel so inspired and proud to be a woman!

I will have the blogs up Thursday and Friday so stay tuned!